Dr. Faye Snyder, Psychologist, Marriage and Family Therapist, Originator of the Casual Theory, Founder of the Parenting and Relationship Counseling Foundation (PaRC), and author of The Manual: The Definitive Book on Parenting and the Causal Theory was recently selected to receive the Lifetime Achievement Award for 2022 by the International Association of Top Professionals (IAOTP).
While inclusion with the The International Association of Top Professionals is an honor in and of itself, only a few select members are chosen for the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award. These special honorees are selected to receive this award based on their longevity in their fields, their contributions to society, and their impact on their industries. This December, Dr. Faye Snyder will receive this award at IAOTP’s 2022 Annual Awards Gala held at the Bellagio Hotel in Las Vegas. www.iaotp.com/award-gala
Faye Snyder, PsyD, is a clinical and forensic psychologist and marriage and family therapist with over 30 years of professional experience. Dr. Faye is the founder and clinical director of the non-profit Parenting and Relationship Counseling Foundation (PaRC) in Mission Hills, California, where she trains a dozen interns at any one time in clinical and forensic psychology. Speaking for other interns, Dr. Ola said, “Dr. Faye is unassuming but tough. We are learning things we didn’t learn in school, and our professors and cohorts often ask us where we are doing our internship.”
Dr. Faye has introduced back into her field the controversial theory that adult behavior is entirely born in early childhood experiences. “The Causal Theory encompasses our best research in a fragmented field. We need a unified field theory of psychology. An overview changes the way we look at patients and escalating social issues. It is more scientific and encompassing than simply crediting competing micro-theories, and it informs better parenting and therapeutic treatment,” says Dr. Snyder. “Despite the lack of any heralding press release, the Human Genome Project did not find genes for behavior. The fat lady has sung.”
Dr. Snyder is a mediator and forensic evaluator, teaching criminal and risk assessment to her interns, who work with court referrals and the public. Her agency takes court-referred students in domestic violence and the co-parenting issues of contentious divorced couples and treats mild to severe mental health complaints. “My interns treat most mental health issues, especially failed attachments, childhood trauma, broken families, bullying, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), and Reactive Attachment Disorder (RAD). We also educate families in relationship skills and parenting for greatness.”
Snyder received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science in 1972 from New York State University, Stony Brook. Upon studying sociology at New York University, she became interested in psychology and obtained her master’s degree in marriage, family, and child therapy from the California Graduate Institute/Chicago School of Professional Psychology in 1988. She completed her necessary credentials for her doctorate in clinical psychology from the pioneering Ryokan College of Psychology in 2005.
Dr. Snyder is the originator of The Casual Theory, a progressive and controversial theory based on cause and effect. It finds very few genetically driven origins for behavior for humans, in general, and none for individual traits. She holds that humans have the inherited abilities to recognize emotions at birth. “We have inborn drives that include the need to attach and to love and be loved. We have the inborn abilities to recognize parental attitudes and perceive very early in life what we are worth from how we are treated,” says Snyder. “How we behave and solve problems comes from lessons learned by inevitable experiences. Barring medical issues, we inevitably learn to sit up, walk, stand, and run. We inevitably learn to treat others as we are treated, until we discover self-reflection, if ever.”
Snyder also reports that the newly discovered mirror neurons reveal that humans not only adapt to how we are treated but what we witness in our native environment.
Snyder holds that little humans are born with a drive to imprint young and re-enact late. The delay accounts in large part for our failure to identity the correlation. She claims that children are born curious about their surroundings and others, with a desire to grow and learn our inevitable lessons, from sitting to speaking with proper grammar or slang, and communicating to withholding authentic reactions. How parents address these drives to internalize experiences in our childhood determines our individualized type of thinking, our endeavors in adulthood, and ultimately, the nature of our society. The only way out or up, she claims, is through self-awareness.
In 2021 Dr. Snyder was selected as Top Psychologist of the Year 2021. This she will be considered for a feature article in TIP (Top Industry Professionals) Magazine.
As an active member in the field of psychology, Dr. Faye maintains affiliations with the American Psychological Association, California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists, the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts, the National Association of Anger Management, the California Coalition on Sex Offending, the International Psychohistory Association and some local organizations.
The President of IAOTP, Stephanie Cirami, stated “Choosing Dr. Faye for this honor was an easy decision for our panel to make. With three decades of professional experience, she is brilliant at what she does, has tremendous foresight and is talented beyond measure. Dr. Faye is humble and gracious, and we felt she was truly deserving of this award. We are looking forward to celebrating her at the gala.”
In addition to her thriving career, Dr. Faye is the author of seven books on Parenting and assessment. She is awaiting approval to publish her most recent book, titled I, Thou, about relationship skills, expected to be released this year. Her books are available for purchase on her website or Amazon.com. They include The Manual: The Definitive Text on Parenting and The Causal Theory; The Predictor Scale: Predicting and Understanding Behavior according to Critical Childhood Experiences; The Search for the Unholy Grail: The Race to Prove that Behaviors and Personality Are Inherent; The Politics of Memory: When One Is Instructed to Shut the Eyes; ADHD: A Diagnosis in Denial; Healing Your RAD Child: Facing the Fear of Vulnerability in Treatment of a child with Reactive Attachment Disorder; and Co-Parenting: Healing in the Courts.
Dr. Faye attributes her success to her perseverance, her compelling passion for helping families of high conflict, her hard-earned insights, and her “nerve” to challenge conventional thinking. When not working, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends, her dog, Shannon, and watching her flowers grow in her garden. For the future, now 77, Dr. Faye still races to get the word out, concerned she is running out of time. “I’m not done yet,” she insists. She hopes to leave behind enough information and therapists to take up the baton: “Parents deserve to know how important we are and that our children and legacy depend on it.”
For more information on The Causal Theory, PaRC offers a 16-hour course online by Dr. Faye
Please visit: www.theparcfoundation.com and www.drfayesnyder.com
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